Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Corneal Transplants for Children

Children who suffer from various eye problems, conditions and eye diseases that warrant a corneal transplant have reason to be optimistic about their future social and educational development. Researchers from Australia reported on the outcomes of 640 infants, children and teenagers who received cornea transplants between 1985 and 2009. The cornea transplants were considered successful if they significantly improved vision and if the new corneas remained healthy for 10 years or more. The best success rates were seen among teenagers who had transplants for keratoconus. Among the children in the study keratoconus was the reason for performing the cornea transplant in 86% of those between 13 and 19 years of age. Among the teens that had a corneal transplant because of keratoconus, 75 percent achieved 20/40 vision or better, including some who subsequently needed glasses, contact lenses or vision-correcting surgery such as some type of laser eye surgery, and 90 percent still had viable corneas after 10 years, the study found. Connecticut Cornea Specialist Leslie Doctor, M.D. commented, “Indeed, the results of corneal transplantation have continued to improve, and are still improving each and every day. The use of corneal laser eye surgery to “fine tune” the visual results of a corneal transplant offer patients even greater opportunities”.

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